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NHL hockey pumps money back into Canadian merchants’ tills

January 23, 2013

Moneris Spending Report shows increase in overall spending of 8.96 per
cent within restaurant sector on opening weekend, in Calgary, Montréal,
Winnipeg and Vancouver

TORONTO, Jan. 23, 2013 /CNW/ – While many Canadians were excited by the
return of the NHL hockey season this past weekend, perhaps none were
more thrilled than the country’s merchants. Data released by Moneris
Solutions Corporation (“Moneris”), Canada’s largest credit and debit
card processor, showed that merchants from the restaurant sector
(including fast food businesses, restaurants and drinking
establishments) in cities where home games were played this past
weekend Рincluding Calgary, Montr̩al, Winnipeg and Vancouver Рsaw an
overall increase in credit card spending of 8.96 per cent during the
six hour time period analyzed, beginning two hours before game time, as
compared to the previous weekend (January 12th and 13th).

Vancouver’s restaurant sector experienced the highest increase in
spending at 19.34 per cent, compared to the previous weekend, followed
by Winnipeg at 10.44 per cent, while Calgary and Montréal experienced a
more modest growth in dollars spent, at 3.05 per cent and 2 per cent,

Drinking establishments were especially popular among Canadians on
opening weekend, leading the growth in spending within the restaurant
sector. Winnipeg and Vancouver were once again at the top of the leader
board, with increases in spending of 34.48 per cent and 22.6 per cent,
respectively, compared to the previous week, followed by Montréal and
Calgary at 15.06 per cent and 14.16 per cent, respectively.

While Toronto did not have a home game during the opening weekend, it
saw a 12.66 per cent increase in drinking establishments, as compared
to the previous weekend.

Canadians in Winnipeg, Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver were also hungry
for fast food on opening weekend, driving the increase in spending at
these establishments by 12.23 per cent and 10.67 per cent, 8.99 per
cent and 8.64 per cent, respectively, compared to the previous weekend.
Only Montréal experienced a decrease in dollars spent at these
establishments, of -5.17 per cent.

“While the NHL hockey lockout hurt many Canadian merchants, the return
of the season – albeit shortened – is a welcome boost to their
pocketbooks,” said Malcolm Fowler, Vice President of Marketing, Moneris
Solutions. “We anticipate that merchants will continue to reap the
economic benefits of these games until the end of the season.”

About The Moneris Spending Report
The Moneris Spending Report provides a snapshot of consumer spending
activity in Canada by analyzing credit and debit card transaction data.
As the market leader with the largest merchant base, Moneris presents
detailed analysis and insight on a quarterly basis. The percentages
cited are derived from actual sales volumes – the dollar values of
credit and debit card transactions being processed by Moneris

About Moneris Solutions
As one of North America’s largest providers of payment processing
solutions, Moneris Solutions Corporation (“Moneris”) offers credit,
debit, wireless and online payment services for merchants in virtually
every industry segment and processes more than three billion
transactions, annually. Through its Ernex division, Moneris offers
electronic loyalty and stored-value gift card programs. With more than
350,000 merchant locations, Moneris provides the hardware, software and
systems needed to improve business efficiency and manage payments. For
more information please visit www.moneris.com.

SOURCE Moneris Solutions Corporation

Source: PR Newswire